Cancer survivor will officially start Rugby’s Race for Life this weekend

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THIS Sunday’s Race for Life will be extra poignant for one family in Rugby who lost their mother earlier this year.

Janet Fountain died on February 24 of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, leaving behind five children, 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She was 79.

Bowel cancer survivor Sandra Eadon will officially start Rugby’s Race for Life on Sunday, in memory of Janet, her mother.

She said: “I know mum will be with us every step of the way.”

Janet joined four generations of her family last year to take part in the event.

“She was an inspiration,” said Sandra.

“Although we were last, mum walked across the finish line. It was very emotional and we were so proud.”

Now 25 members of Janet’s family will take part in the event.

Sister-in-law Jan Thomas will take part in Taunton’s Race for Life on Sunday.

The family hope to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

Sandra added: “We know Sunday is going to be heartbreaking, but it’s something we’ve got to do.”

The great-grandmother was affectionately known as Ma to scores of Rugby children during the 1970s.

She worked as an auxiliary nurse at Rugby’s St Cross Hospital and at several shops in town.

Janet raised five children Sandra, Nigel, Jo, Alison and Barbara.

Women and girls of all ages are invited to the event, which will take place at The Close, Rugby School on Sunday. Participants can walk, jog or run the 5km route. Visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org to register.

Race for life donations can be dropped in for the family to Lucie Green, Rugby Advertiser, 2 Albert Street, Rugby.